Predators’ Hutton earns the shutout after giving Pekka Rinne the night off
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Backup Carter Hutton made 29 saves for his third career shutout and the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Hutton made his first home start of the season and stopped 25 shots over the first two periods before Nashville’s defense locked down Minnesota in the third. He was filling in for Pekka Rinne after the All-Star lost his last four starts.
Eric Nystrom, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg scored for Nashville.
Minnesota lost its fourth straight. Goalie Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves on 24 shots.
Nystrom redirected Shea Weber’s shot from the right point inside the far post 1:24 in. That was Nashville’s first shot of the game.
It was the second straight game the Predators have gotten off to a quick start. Kevin Fiala got his first NHL goal 59 seconds into a 5-4 overtime loss at Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Josi increased the Predators’ lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 6:14 of the third period. The All-Star defenseman roofed his own rebound into the left corner of the net over a sprawled Dubnyk for his 10th goal of the season. Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba was in the penalty box for delay of game after knocking the Wild net off its moorings during Craig Smith’s breakaway.
Nashville center Ryan Johansen got the primary assist for his 200th career point in his first game in Nashville after being acquired in a trade with Columbus on Jan. 6.
Johansen has two goals and five assists in his first five games with the Predators.
Forsberg added an empty-net goal with 1:26 left.
NOTES: Nashville earned a win in its first home game since returning from a four-game trip. ... The Predators finished 3-1 against the Wild this season. ... Minnesota, which lost to Winnipeg 1-0 Friday night for its first shutout defeat of the season, is 2-3-3 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... Minnesota took eight of the first nine shots, but still trailed 1-0.